Today, I am lucky enough to have Jenna Evans Welch, author of Love & Gelato, on the blog as part of the blog tour of her latest release, Love & Luck! If you have ever been curious about the life of an author, you’re in luck because Jenna is sharing a peak of what her day-to-day life looks like!
A Day in the life of Jenna Evans Welch
Thanks so much, Jordan, for the opportunity to be featured on your blog! It must be said—book bloggers are the best kind of people 🙂 I loved your suggestion to write a post about what a normal day in my life looks like—not because I think my days are particularly interesting, but because I do find it crazy that I’m managing any writing in the day-to-day chaos of my home life! I’m hoping it will be inspiring to anyone struggling to write: if I can write, you can. So here goes…
Wake up. This is almost never pleasant. I am not a morning person, and it doesn’t matter how much sleep I’ve gotten, it’s never enough. I rarely wake up to an alarm clock, usually it’s my son doing a karate jump onto me while simultaneously growing four extra elbows that are magnetically drawn to my ribs. Good morning!
The morning is full of mom life—breakfast, attempting to wrestle my baby into clothes (if it were up to her, pants/shirts would not exist), chasing the dog down the street (he loves a good chase), making and forgetting to eat my own breakfast, swim lessons, and that magical part of every morning when I realize that I hate what I’m wearing and have to change three times before I get it right. (It doesn’t matter what the day involves, I have never in my entire life been able to choose the right outfit the first time.)
Afternoons are for writing. I settle my daughter in with her babysitter, drop my son off at school, and head to my favorite coffee shop Salt Lake Roasting Co, where I’ve written for almost ten years. It has the perfect broken in feeling—slightly sti
cky tables, friendly staff, and really great pound cake. I drink coffee, daydream about faraway places, and have a few hours to hang out with whatever project I’m working on. This part of my day never lasts long enough.
Evenings are more chaos. Baths, dinner (about fifty percent of the time this involves spaghetti, because if you haven’t seen a baby enthusiastically eat spaghetti you haven’t lived), more chasing of the dog, playtime, and in the summer usually some time in our hammock—we have a pretty dreamy set up between two leafy trees. Both kids are read a mountain of books and then put to bed. At this point I always swear I’ll get to work on something adult (dishes, bills, etc.) but I almost always end up falling down on some soft surface and reading instead. Around 10 PM I get a strong urge to bake something excessively messy and involving large amounts of butter, and I either give in or go to bed. The morning begins with more small elbows…rinse and repeat!
For me, the key to writing while also being a mother (and this would apply to being a student, having a day job, etc.) is to compartmentalize. Writing time is writing time—I do my best to not think about the rest of my life during my few hours I have. And when I’m home I try to focus on what I’m doing there rather than wishing I was in my book (this doesn’t always work, once ideas start they rarely want to wait). I’m not always great at it, but being present is key—the more you can commit to whatever part of your life you’re currently living, the better you’ll be at whatever it is you’re doing.
Thanks so much for this opportunity! I hope you all enjoy LOVE & LUCK.
With luck (but mostly love),